Mike Mussina picked up his third win in a row last night and has all but answered the questions surrounding his ability to be a MLB at the ripe old age of 40. If there is one stat to attribute his effectiveness to it has to be the the fact he has only walked five batters in 38.1 innings. While his velocity means that he will give up his fair share of hits, his lack of free passes should at least be enough to keep the Yankees in the game through 6 innings – a total that Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland seem to think is about his limit.
Chien Ming Wang’s 6 wins this year have come against Roy Halladay**(2-4, 3.26), James Shields(3-2, 3.80), Clay Buchholz(2-2, 3.71), Jose Contreras(2-2, 3.98), Eric Bedard(2-1, 1.82) and current Cy Young winner C.C Sabathia(1-5, 7.51).
Sabathia is the only pitcher on that list whose numbers are less than impressive although his last three starts, including game against Wang, have been much improved. Obviously starting pitchers do not go face to face with each other but the stats above goes to show that the Yankees have been facing tough pitchers when Wang is on the mound and he is responding by winning close ballgames.
**Although this is a Yankee blog, a mention should be made of Roy Halladays FOUR consecutive complete games. A true ace and a workhorse, unfortunately for him, he has lost his last three games.